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Multiple Teams · Logan High School Varsity Football falls to Ridgeline High School 49-7

Thursday, October 13, 2016

7:00 PM

Ridgeline High School

Logan High School

Game Recap

Riverhawks roll past Grizzlies: Ridgeline scores early, beats LHS in budding rivalry
By Taylor Emerson sports writer

Just 10 plays and two minutes in, the Ridgeline football team scored its first touchdown and never looked back.

In the birth of a rivalry, the Riverhawks piled on the points, finishing with a 49-7 drubbing of Logan under the lights at Crimson Field.

“It is always great to set a tradition,” Riverhawks running back Cody Olsen said. “For Ridgeline, this is huge. We’ve got to beat Logan, we’ve got to be the best in the valley, that’s something we set out to do and we’ve accomplished it in a big way.”

The visitors, fresh off a 31-7 win over the Miners, appeared to be the toast of the region as they scored on seven of their 12 total possessions and finished with a season high in points.

“This was a fun one,” Ridgeline head coach Christopher Howell said. “Our guys did a fantastic job today. I felt like we had a great game plan coming into the game and our guys did a really great job executing it. We established the run, Payton hit guys right where he needed to, all three phases were excellent.”

Through two quarters of play, Logan’s defense allowed for 345 yards of total offense along with four touchdowns. The leading man for Ridgeline was quarterback Payton Thomas who had 139 yards through the air, 23 on the ground and two scores to his name.

His counterpart, Jonny Parkinson, didn’t share the same success. While he did total 143 yards on 18 attempts before the break, the sophomore quarterback was unable to find the end zone on the team’s two red zone trips.

“This is heartbreaking,” Parkinson said. “All the hard work this week, all the preparation, it’s just disappointing to see the result, it’s hard to take.

“I just think our effort wasn’t good enough, and I don’t think we wanted it enough.”

The lone bright spot for the home team was Nik Shamo’s perfectly read second quarter interception of Thomas’ screen pass. He took it 70 yards the opposite way to put Logan on the board for the first, and only time.

“I was so pumped after that play,” Shamo said. “I wanted to change the momentum of the game, we needed it. To lose to our new valley rivals, especially after they were talking all kinds of crap on us, we wanted to shut them up, but we couldn’t.”

After halftime, the Riverhawks tacked on three more touchdowns, had two more takeaways and enacted the mercy rule.

Ridgeline totaled 449 yards on the day, 281 of which came via Cody Pope, Olsen and Levani Damuni. Damuni had two touchdowns, while Olsen had one of his own.

Parkinson and company finished with three interceptions, three sacks allowed and had a lost fumble. Yardage wise, Logan only moved the ball 207 yards, with an overwhelming majority coming from the arm of the signal caller as the team only amounted five yards rushing.

“Bottom line, we need to make plays,” Logan head coach Jayson Anderson said. “We have got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot and start putting our kids in some situations where the can actually win the ballgame. It’s that simple.”

Defensively, the Riverhawks again turned in a stellar performance. The Ridgeline defense, led by Pope with seven tackles on the night and Benson Hill with two interceptions on Parkinson, has now held three of their last four opponents to a single touchdown.

Logan, still searching for its second region win, will play Park City on Wednesday, while the Riverhawks move on to challenge Ben Lomond at home. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.

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